One of the most famous Hollywood bromances shows no signs of slowing down after almost three decades. Ben Affleck has revealed that Matt Damon was there to help him when he wanted to quit playing Batman.
Affleck’s portrayal of the caped crusader was widely derided but it sounds like there was a lot going on behind the scenes. In a new chat with his Good Will Hunting mate for Entertainment Weekly, Affleck recalled struggling while filming Justice League.
“I had a really nadir experience around Justice League for a lot of different reasons,” he explained. “Not blaming anybody, there’s a lot of things that happened. But really what it was is that I wasn’t happy. I didn’t like being there. I didn’t think it was interesting. And then some really shitty things, awful things happened. But, that’s when I was like, ‘I’m not going to do that anymore.'”
Affleck then discussed the huge part Damon played in helping him out. “I talked to you about it and you were a principal influence on that decision,” he said. “I want to do the things that would bring me joy.
Then we went and did Last Duel and I had fun every day on this movie. I wasn’t the star, I wasn’t likeable. I was a villain. I wasn’t all the things I thought I was supposed to be when I started out and yet it was a wonderful experience. And it was all just stuff that came along that I wasn’t chasing.”
Affleck and Damon co-wrote Ridley Scott’s medieval epic with Nicole Holfcener, with Affleck also playing Count Pierre d’Alençon.
He’s not entirely done with Batman though. Affleck is reprising his role as Gotham’s protector in the upcoming film The Flash, set for release on November 4th.
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